8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Idaho Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Dallas

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Mini Incline (in Castle Rock) and Denver (Denver Zoo & Denver Museum of Nature & Science). There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online holiday planner .

Dallas to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Dallas in May, you will find days in Colorado Springs are slightly colder (68°F), and nights are cooler (42°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Denver, Mini Incline, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 27th (Wed), admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

1
night
Idaho Springs

The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): hike along St Mary's Glacier, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Hidee Gold Mine, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Idaho Springs online route maker .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Idaho Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in May, with highs in Idaho Springs at 33°F and lows at 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Hidee Gold Mine
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River Rafting & Tubing
St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier
Hidee Gold Mine ©
Hidee Gold Mine

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Idaho Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Idaho Springs in May: highs in Buena Vista hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

1
night
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango holiday maker website .

Getting from Buena Vista to Durango by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in May: highs in Durango hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Zipline
Off-Road Tours

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